Established in 1975 by several families in Sierra Madre to continue in the spirit of the School of the Ascension, The Gooden School serves a diverse student body of approximately 175 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The academic program includes instruction in the core subjects and students receive instruction in two foreign languages – Spanish and Latin. The Gooden School also enjoys a strong reputation for its arts and music program. All students participate in instrumental and visual arts instruction each week, and they also take part in drama productions. Since its founding, The Gooden School has stayed true to its purpose of providing a college-prep education where students are challenged and encouraged in an environment of inquiry and respect.